A hand injury suffered by Scott Fitzgerald has forced him to withdraw from his highly anticipated contest with Brian Rose, with bitter rival Anthony Fowler stepping in to take his place.
Fowler, who was already set to feature on the card, suffered his first career defeat to Fitzgerald back in March and has to beat Rose to keep his career alive.
Speaking to Sky Sports about the fight, Fowler said:
I want tests and I want to be involved in the big fights. As soon as we heard the news that Scott had to pull out we grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I’m not in this game to be taking easy fights.
Brian has mixed it at the top level throughout his career and this is a fantastic chance for me to test myself against an experienced opponent.
It’s where I believe I belong, I’ve worked hard to get back on the big stage by fighting on those small hall shows which were great, but there wasn’t much exposure. I’ve done it all in the background, I’ve worked really hard over the last year to get myself fit and into the position that im in nowand I’ll make it count next month.
Fowler vs. Fitzgerald is part of a huge night of action in Manchester, Lawrence Okolie (12-0, 9 KOs) puts his British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight titles on the line against Jack Massey (16-0, 8 KOs).
Felix Cash (11-0, 7 KOs) defends his Commonwealth Middleweight crown against Bolton’s Jack Cullen (16-1, 7 KOs), Anthony Fowler (9-1, 8 KOs) returns after his first pro defeat, Sheffield’s Dalton Smith looks to go 2-0 as a pro and Anthony Crolla Lightweight protege Dylan Evans fights at Manchester Arena for the first time.